Wednesday 18 October 2017

Wexford will come alive with a taste of success at Food and Wine Festival

By david tucker

Street food being served up in South Main Street at last year's festival.
Street food being served up in South Main Street at last year's festival.

THOUSANDS of people are expected to attend the 2016 Wexford Food and Wine Festival which is due to take place in the town this weekend.

Festivities begin on Friday (May 27) and run until late in the evening on Sunday, May 29 with events taking place at venues all across Wexford Town as well as an alfresco market, with both Irish and Welsh foods and delicacies on offer.

One attraction will be a cooking demonstration centred around the reduction of food waste which will show people how to get the most out of food by using every bit of their ingredients. It will be run in conjunction with environmental group VOICE and their project 'Food Rescue' - a food waste prevention public awareness initiative and will take place at D'Lush Cafe at 4.30 p.m. on Saturday. Booking is essential.

'The 2016 festival will showcase the very best food that the southeast has to offer,' said one of the Festival organiser's Gary Johnston.

'We are expecting large crowds somewhere upwards of 20,000 people,' he said. 'the festival has been growing every year. We are often asked why we don't have the festival later in the summer but we hold it at the same time every year to encourage people into Wexford on a weekend that would otherwise just be a regular weekend, it is a major boost to the local business community and a great start to the Summer season.'

Getting the festival off to a start on Friday evening 'A Taste of Burgundy', will be on offer at Kelly's Hotel Rosslare where guests can enjoy an open Burgundy wine tasting followed by a special dinner with complementing wines.

On Saturday and on Sunday, the open air Food Producers Market will take place at Selskar Square and South Main Street in the heart of Wexford town.

Outside of the wine events a Wexford Craft beer Trail will be on offer with producers Simon Lambert & Sons and The Sky and the Ground teaming up to showcase some of their latest range and also introduce some special brews. Other events taking place as part of the festival include Foraging trips to The Raven.

To add to the festival atmosphere, a tasty side helping of family entertainment will also be provided with a foodie photo competitions, 'Live Mic' entertainment in both South main Street and Selskar and much more will ensure all of the family enjoy the festivities. For further details on the festival weekend see or keep up to date with the festival details on Twitter @Wexfordfoodfest and Facebook wexfordfoodfestival.

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